Winter Weather Preparation: The Best Ice Melt Products For 2017

The Best Ice Melt

For at least a short time each year, we all like having a winter wonderland. But snow and ice tend to cause major problems on our driveways or walkways. The snow can be shoveled out of the way with a good snow shovel, or blown away with an electric snow blower. However, ice is a bit more complicated to remove. So what’s the best way to clear up that slippery ice in the dead of winter? Ice melts! This article gives insight on which products work best, as well, as why these ice melts are rated in the manner they are.

Ice Melt Safe for Driveways

Driveway installers argue about whether concrete or asphalt is the better material, and there is plenty of debate. But one thing they certainly agree on is that rock salt should never be used on either concrete or asphalt.

Rock salt is produced in common blends as sodium chloride, potassium chloride and magnesium chloride. These formulas are sold under many brand names including Driveway Heat, Excel 50, Halite, Safe Step, Road Runner, Zero Ice, Qik Joe and Ice Vice. Call it what you will, rock salt is rock salt, and it is bad for driveways.

  • Concrete: Rock salt is proven to cause the deterioration of concrete. Salt is slightly acidic, and the acidity breaks down the chemical bonds essential to concrete’s strength. Because concrete freezes more quickly and stays frozen longer than asphalt, salting more often is required, and this makes the problem worse. Finally, most concrete in driveways is reinforced with steel, and salt quickly corrodes steel.
  • Asphalt: While rock salt doesn’t directly destroy asphalt, it does make asphalt’s nemesis, freeze/thaw cycles, much worse. Also, rock salt is poisonous and environmentally harmful. Animals and small children like the taste of salt. Once they discover it on the driveway, they are likely to consume more of it. Rock salt on driveways has proven deadly to pets and wildlife, according to the Pet Poison Helpline. It has sent many children to the emergency room with symptoms including burning eyes, throat and skin, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and chills, all of which pets can experience too. A less dangerous but still common issue with rock salt on driveways is that it ends up in the landscape along the driveway where it can kill lawns, shrubs and flowers.

Ice Melt that is Safe for Driveways and More

Savvy homeowners are no longer spreading ice melt that they know has a high potential for causing damage to their expensive investment or worse, poisoning people and pets.

The good news is that safe ice melt alternative is available. Safe Paw is the top-rated ice melt that does not contain any rock salt.

What Safe Paw does contain is a proprietary blend of two unique ingredients. The first is a patented outer layer that liquefies on contact and rapidly melts the ice surface. That process allows the amide core to penetrate the ice to break it up, so that it melts faster or can be scraped off the driveway with far greater ease. Note: We do not recommend using Safe Paw on pavement that is newer than six months old.

Two Important Questions about Safe Paw

Is Safe Paw safe? Unlike rock salt ice melters, Safe Paw is safe for people, pets and the environment. It’s so safe, in fact, that it received the Safer Choice Standard Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency based on very stringent criteria.

Does Safe Paw melt ice? Let’s compare. Magnesium chloride, the ice melting agent found in many popular rock salt brands, is effective to about 15F, that’s 15 degrees above zero. Safe Paw is proven to melt ice in temperatures as low as -2F, that’s two degrees below zero. Which product would you rather have to battle ice-covered steps, walkways and the driveway or have in your car when stuck in icy conditions?

Here’s another question: Does Safe Paw work immediately? While it does work very quickly, there is another product from the makers of Safe Paw that is designed to provide instant traction for feet and vehicle tires – Traction Magic. It doesn’t melt ice, so there’s no wait for it to work. Instead, spiked granules in Traction Magic provide an instant, non-slip surface ideal for steps and sidewalks and for pouring in front of car tires to give them traction on ice and snow.

Safe Paw alternative ice melt and Traction Magic – two proven products that are safe to use and belong in every home and vehicle. Order some today, and be prepared for the year’s worst weather from early fall snows to spring ice storms.

Ice Melt Alternatives

Removing ice from walkways, steps and the driveway and having a product that will help get your car going in slippery conditions are winter essentials.

However, some of the best-known ice melt products are not safe to use. The “cure” is almost worse than the problem. For example, most traditional ice melt uses some form of rock salt in the mix – magnesium chloride, calcium chloride or potassium chloride. What do these chloride products have in common? They cause some or all the following in people and pets:

  • Skin irritation and blistering
  • Eye, nose, mouth, throat and lung burning from contact or inhaling rock salt dust
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if ingested
  • Metal fume fever when inhaled that produces fever, chills, muscle and chest pain and increased white blood cell counts

Homeowners and pet owners are shouting a collective, “No Thanks!” to these common ice melt products including Driveway Heat, Excel 50, Safe Step 4300 and 6300 and Halite. Even products like Safe Pet and Paw Thaw are suspect when it comes to whether they’re safe for dogs, cats and wildlife.

Common Ice Melt Alternatives

Here are the most popular ice melt alternatives with pros and cons for each:

  • Sand – Many municipalities are using sand instead of or mixed with road salt, and it does provide decent grip on ice. However, when used for residential purposes, it is hard on pet paws. Tracked inside, sand will mar any flooring surface quickly. Sand, after all, is the main ingredient in sandpaper.
  • Heated mats – These pricey devices plug into a 110-volt outlet or a car’s 12-volt socket. They’re great for small areas like the front stoop or in front of car tires, but if you try to clear an entire driveway with one, the job will be done about the time the next storm comes through or the spring thaw arrives.
  • Kitty litter – This product does a fantastic job of absorbing moisture, but it’s too soft to grip ice, and it becomes very slick when wet.
  • Coffee grounds and ashes – Both provide minimal gripping power on ice, and most of us have neither material in abundance unless we’re drinking way too much coffee or polluting the air with wood smoke.
  • Potassium acetate, urea fertilizer and softener salt – In short, they are all poisonous to you, your pets and the planet in the concentrated amounts needed to melt ice.

Effective and Safe Ice Melt Alternatives

That’s the combination to look for – an ice melt that is both safe and effective. Safe Paw covers both angles remarkably well. First, it is the only leading ice melt alternative that is safe because it’s the only one that has no salt in its blend.

How safe is Safe Paw ice melt? It meets the strict guidelines required to receive the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice Standard Award for environmentally safe products. Safe Paw is the right choice for you, your pets and the world we all share.

Safe Paw ice melt alternative uses a proprietary blend of safe ingredients that break down the structure of ice, so ice melts quickly and can be scraped away more easily. There’s no salt at all, only ingredients guaranteed (and recognized by the EPA) to be safe.

Safe Paw is an excellent choice for use around your home where it won’t harm you, pets, the lawn or your indoor flooring. Putting a bag in the car makes sense too, or choose Safe Paw’s sister product, Traction Magic, for help on slick roads. Traction Magic doesn’t use an ice melter, so there’s no waiting for it to work. It’s an ice gripper the delivers instant traction on ice and packed snow. An absorbing agent in Traction Magic soaks up surface water, the element scientifically shown to make ice slippery. Then, crystalline spikes grip the ice to provide a safe, effective surface for car tires, shoes and paws. Like Safe Paw, Traction Magic has been tested for safety, and it is ISO 9001 certified and meets the tough OSHA safety standards.

Dump the salt, and pick up Safe Paw alternative ice melt instead. And for instant traction for walking and driving, grab a bag of the gripper, Traction Magic.

Blizzard Warning – Winter Storm Stella Gears Up to Deliver More Than a Foot of Snow

Blizzard warnings have been issued for a part of the Northeast coast, including New York City, in advance of Winter Storm Stella which will hammer the Northeast with more than a foot of snow and strong winds Monday night-Tuesday. Stella will also deliver a swath of snow to the Midwest through Monday.

This major nor’easter will take shape as a strong area of low pressure develops off the East Coast late Monday in response to jet stream energy moving through the eastern states. That low may undergo bombogenesis as it moves northward along the coast through Tuesday night, meaning there will be a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure which indicates strengthening.

This major nor’easter will take shape as a strong area of low pressure develops off the East Coast late Monday in response to jet stream energy moving through the eastern states. That low may undergo bombogenesis as it moves northward along the coast through Tuesday night, meaning there will be a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure which indicates strengthening.

One trend in the latest forecast data is that the low may now track closer to the coast. That could cause some locations, including near parts of the Interstate 95 corridor, to change to rain or sleet for a time during the storm and cut down on accumulations where that occurs.

Below, we have the forecast for impacts in the Northeast followed by an overview of what to expect from Stella in the Midwest.

Stella’s Northeast Timing

Monday Night

  • Snow will begin to develop in the mid-Atlantic region, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, as the coastal low from Stella develops and intensifies.
  • The snow could be heavy at times overnight with rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour.
  • Locations near Interstate 95, including parts of the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, could change to rain or sleet for a time.
  • By late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, snow may develop as far north as New York City or southern New England.
  • Light to moderate snow will also impact the eastern Great Lakes region.
  • Travel should be avoided Monday night in all of the above-mentioned areas.

Winter Stella Temperatures



  • A large swath of the Northeast will see snowfall, heavy at times, from Stella during the daytime hours.
  • Snowfall rates of 1 to 4 inches per hour are possible near and northwest of the Interstate 95 corridor.
  • Blizzard or near-blizzard conditions are possible in coastal areas.
  • Road and airport travel are likely to be snarled across the region. Some roads may become impassable.
  • Strong winds (gusts over 40 or 50 mph), and the weight of the snow could cause some tree damage and power outages.


Winter Stella Temperatures Tuesday

Winter’s revenge? Snow Might Be Coming This Weekend

Snow late this week could be the first of several disruptive snowstorms to parade through the midwestern and eastern United States in mid-March.

After the dramatic upswing in temperatures for the first half of this week, a flip in the weather pattern will return the threat of snow starting late this week. Some communities could go from experiencing highs in the 50s and lower 60s F at the peak of the warmth the next few days to utilizing snow shovels and revving up snowplows.

“The Northeast has had everything from frigid cold this weekend and warm spells early this week but has largely avoided snow recently,” Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said. “But late this week, a storm will sneak in from the west, and it could bring snow,” Abrams said.

Static snow potential Thu Fri 3 pm

While it is not likely to strengthen into a major winter storm, the system could still spread a narrow swath of accumulating snow from part of the lower Great Lakes on Thursday to a portion of the mid-Atlantic by early Friday. In the Northeast, odds currently favor the snow streaking in between the Interstate 70 and 80 corridors.

This swath of snow may only be 100 miles in width from north to south. A slight shift in the system’s track could mean the difference between disruptions and slick travel to dry weather holding. “Where the snow falls at night in the central Appalachians and first thing Friday morning along the upper part of the mid-Atlantic coast, there is the potential for a few inches and slippery roads,” according to Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Where the snow falls light enough during the day, it could have difficulty sticking to roads due to the stronger March sun. “Along with the late-week threat, there can be additional threats this weekend and next week,” Abrams said. A storm bears watching from early this weekend over part of the Midwest to late this weekend in part of the mid-Atlantic. The weekend storm could be more or less disruptive than the late-week system.

If the storm this weekend is the stronger of the first two storms, more substantial snow could fall on parts of the Midwest and the mid-Atlantic.

The Dangers of Potassium Chloride Ice Melters

Many parents, pet owners and wildlife lovers wrongly assume that potassium chloride rock salt is the same stuff they put on their food, only in larger form. They conclude that if it is safe to eat, it must be safe to use on their sidewalks, steps and other icy surfaces – surfaces where children and animals might easily come in contact with and even ingest potassium chloride.

However, table salt is sodium chloride, NaCl, not potassium chloride, KCl. While the salt you season food with is safe in limited quantities, potassium chloride poses much higher health risks including death. There are other reasons not to use KCl as ice melt, and they are discussed below along with a safe, effective alternative ice melt: Safe Paw.

Potassium Chloride Health Risks

You might know that potassium chloride is available as a dietary supplement. But, does that make it safe? First, the supplement form is regulated for dose and for purity. Rock salt potassium chloride ice melt is not regulated for human consumption and often contains poisonous impurities.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is one of many health organization warning against exposure to potassium chloride.

The CDC lists health problems caused by casual contact with KCl:

  • Cough and sore throat caused by inhaling KCl dust (such as during handling or spreading)
  • Redness and eye pain (when eyes are rubbed with hands that have handled KCl or dust gets into the eyes while spreading)
  • Nausea, vomiting, weakness, convulsions caused by ingesting potassium chloride

Children and pets like the taste of salt, including KCl salt. When they ingest too much of it, serious health risks occur including stomach ulcers and internal bleeding.

The Mayo Clinic reports that potassium poisoning leads to hyperkalemia, a condition that results in diminished kidney function and cardiac failure when acute. In fact, did you know that potassium chloride is used in lethal injections to stop the heart?

Pets are susceptible to all these dangers and more common ones too. When they walk on KCl ice melt and other rock salt products, the skin on their paws can be irritated and even burned, resulting in a painful rash or blistering. If your dog is exposed to rock salt while on your daily walk around the neighborhood, rinse off its paws when you get home, and never let your dog stop to lick salt off the ground.

Safe Paw – A Safe and Effective Ice Melt

Pet owners and parents breathe a sigh of relief when they learn about Safe Paw ice melt. Not only is it safe for pets, people and the planet, it works at a lower temperature and melts ice more effective than rock salt like potassium chloride. This reduces the risk of dangerous slips and falls on icy surfaces, the main reason to use ice melt in the first place.

Safety First: Safe Paw is recognized as safe for people, pets and the planet, as these recommendations show:

Secure Footing Too: What good is ice melt if it doesn’t work? While KCl rock salt becomes ineffective in very cold temperatures, Safe Pet effectively melts ice at any temperature:

  • The outer layer liquefies when it contacts the ice, and this releases a proprietary, safe ice-melting formula that breaks up the slick surface of the ice
  • The inner core of amide, a safe and proven ice melter, can then penetrate deep into the ice to destroy its structure
  • The blend includes a safe level of glycol, a substance used in deicing products and to prevent freezing
  • When the ice is melted and the moisture evaporates, a coating of Safe Paw is left behind to prevent icy surfaces when the next storm comes

Safe Paw is the top-selling ice melt brand because of its prestigious awards and recommendations, and because it is recommended by pediatricians, veterinarians and animal hospitals, animal shelters and humane societies and wildlife experts.

Find a Safe Paw retailer today. There’s one in your neighborhood, and Safe Paw can be ordered online too. It’s the right choice for pets, kids and the planet!

Winter Storm Hammers Northeast With Blizzard Conditions, Over a Foot of Snow in Six States

Winter Storm Niko brought heavy snow, blizzard conditions and high winds to a swath of the Northeast during a brief, one-day siege on February 9, 2017.

Niko’s intense snowfall, following record highs the previous day, prompted thousands of flights cancellations and numerous schools closed from parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York into New England.

After being classified as a named winter storm on Feb. 7, a stripe of snow blanketed parts of the central Plains and Ohio Valley, with generally light to moderate snow.

Around 2 inches of snow had fallen in Omaha, Nebraska, and in parts of the Des Moines, Iowa, metro area during the morning of Feb. 8. A stripe of northern Nebraska picked up heavier snow, led by 10 inches of snow in Ainsworth.

Wednesday afternoon, 2.1 inches of snow was measured at Indianapolis International Airport. By that evening, Dayton, Ohio, had picked up 1 inch of snow.

The build up of snow has caused motorists issues on the road and a recommended ice melter like Safe Paw or traction agent  like Traction Magic can ensure you don’t get stuck at home.

February 9th – Northeast

Niko quickly moved into the Northeast by early on Thursday, Feb. 9. Its rapidly-intensifying low pressure system raced from the Delmarva peninsula northeast into the Atlantic, well off the coast of Long Island and Cape Cod, but close enough to spread blizzard conditions inland.

Niko underwent “bombogenesis”, which is defined as a drop in central pressure of the surface low of at least 24 millibars in 24 hours or less, off the Eastern Seaboard when it’s pressure dropped 29 millibars in 24 hours. Pressure fell from 1002 millibars (mb) to 973 mb from 7pm Feb. 8 to 7pm Feb. 9.

This was the first blizzard in Boston since Jan. 27, 2015, which lasted 9 hours. In Providence, blizzard conditions were recorded for more than five hours.

Here is a sampling of the top and notable snow reports by state in the Northeast:

  • Connecticut: 19.0 inches in East Hartford; 15.5 inches in Windsor Locks (Bradley Field); 10.3 inches in Bridgeport
  • Delaware: 1.1 inches in Wilmington
  • Maine: 24 inches near Cooper; 22 inches in Gouldsboro; 7.5 inches at the Portland Jetport
  • Maryland: 12.3 inches in Redhouse; 9 inches in Oakland
  • Massachusetts: 19.0 inches in East Longmeadow; 16.0 inches in Springfield; 12.9 inches in Worcester; 10.7 inches at Boston-Logan Airport
  • New Hampshire: 17.0 inches in Nottingham; 16.5 inches in Merrimack; 15.0 inches in Litchfield; 8.0 inches in Concord
  • New Jersey: 12.5 inches near Denville Township; 7.8 inches in Newark; 0.3 inch in Atlantic City
  • New York: 18 inches in Feura Bush and Voorheesville; 14.3 inches in Islip; 11.2 inches at Albany Int’l Airport; 10 inches at La Guardia Airport; 9.4 inches in Central Park; 8.3 inches at JFK Airport
  • Pennsylvania: 13 inches near Bear Creek; 9 inches in Mt. Pocono; 7.5 inches in Scranton-Wilkes-Barre; 7.1 inches in Allentown; 3.6 inches in Harrisburg; 2 inches in Philadelphia
  • Rhode Island: 14.5 inches in North Foster; 11.9 inches at T.F. Green Airport near Providence
  • Vermont: 12 inches in Wilmington; 1.6 inches in Burlington


Winter Storm Warnings Issued For Philadelphia, New York City, Boston – Are you Prepared?

Winter Storm Niko will likely bring heavy snow to a sizable swath of the Interstate 95 Northeast corridor Wednesday night through Thursday. Some areas could pick up a half-foot or more of snow in a short amount of time. Before the storm hits we recommend being prepared with the following items:

  • Shop ahead of time to have 3-5 days of non-perishable food on hand plus enough bottled water for one gallon per day per person
  • Place flashlights with fresh batteries in several locations where they can be easily reached if you lose power in the dark
  • Keep a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio on hand to listen to emergency weather information
  • Keep your mobile phone battery fully charged for maximum life in a power outage, and if you do lose power, use the phone only for necessary calls
  • Have a 5 to 7-day supply on hand of required prescription medications
  • If you have a fireplace, have a supply of wood on hand
  • If you do not have a fireplace, consider having an alternate method of heating such as a kerosene or propane heater approved for indoor use
  • Stock up on baby supplies including food and diapers
  • Ditto for pet supplies, and bring outdoor pets indoor – use Safe Paw Ice Melt to protect our furry friends

The snow will make for a difficult commute and will likely trigger significant flight delays Thursday in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia.

Winter storm warnings have now been posted by the National Weather Service for all of southern New England, southward into eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and parts of northern Delaware and northern Maryland. This includes the Boston, Providence, Hartford, New York City and Philadelphia.

Winter storm watches extend into southern New Hampshire and coastal Maine and south into parts of northern Maryland north of Baltimore and Washington D.C., as well as parts of eastern West Virginia.

The Dangers of Sodium Chloride Ice Melters

Sodium chloride (NaCl) is the primary mineral ingredient in some types of rock salt and alternative ice melters. It is also the formula for table salt, but does that make it a safe product for melting ice?

There are several reasons NOT to use sodium chloride rock salt for melting ice around your home or where you work. There is a safe and effective alternative, Safe Paw, which is discussed below.

The Dangers of Sodium Chloride Ice Melters

Whether the product is pure sodium chloride rock salt or the NaCl is an ingredient in an ice melt blend, there are serious risks to using it.

Sodium chloride acts slowly, so surfaces remain dangerously slick: Perhaps waiting for rock salt to melt ice is just an inconvenience that will make you late for work or getting the kids to school. However, people often spread the salt and expect that the icy ground is now safe to walk upon. They don’t wait for the salt to work, step onto the icy surface, slip and fall. US CDC statistics show that up to 30 percent of falls on ice result in broken bones, concussion or death. Falling is the leading cause of injury-related death in older Americans. Veterinarians report tens of thousands of similar injuries to dogs that slip on the ice.

Sodium chloride doesn’t work in extreme cold: As temperatures drop, rock salt gets less and less effective. At about 10 degrees Fahrenheit, it stops melting ice. Salt that isn’t melting the ice gives a false sense of security, often resulting in serious slip-and-fall injuries.

Rock salt rolls from underfoot: Have you ever lost your footing on gravel when it slid? Rock salt’s structure is very similar, and if the salt hasn’t melted into the ice, it is as unsafe as walking on loose gravel.

Sodium chloride is poisonous: Even a little bit of NaCl can harm a child, a pet or wildlife when in rock salt or ice melt form. One reason is that ice melt products aren’t made to the same safety level as table salt and often contains harmful impurities. Illinois Poison Control urges parents to call the center if children even “sample” sodium chloride rock salt or similar ice melt product. When unattended children “sample” rock salt, they like the taste and ingest more. Pets and wildlife like the taste too and can be poisoned. In addition, rock salt ice melt causes irritation and burns to the eyes, skin or paws, mouth, throat and digestive tract

Safe Paw Ice Melt Alternative

The good news is that Safe Paw is 100% salt-free and safe for kids and pets. In fact, it has received several prestigious recognitions as safe for people, pets and the planet.:

Now you know why Safe Paw is the Best Selling ice melt brand! It is recommended by pediatricians, veterinarians, wildlife experts, groomers, animal shelters and humane societies.

More good news is that Safe Paw is more effective than sodium chloride ice melt and similar salt-based products. Here’s why the proprietary formula out-performs salt-based ice melt:

  • The outer layer of Safe Paw granules liquefies on contact with ice and begins to penetrate and break up the surface.
  • This allows for the glycol-infused crystalline amide core to sink into the ice, destroying its structure quickly and effectively.
  • Once the ice is melted, it will evaporate, even in freezing temperatures. A coating of Safe Paw is left behind to resist icing on the surface of walkways, steps, porches, decks, patios and anywhere else you need safe, dependable footing.

Pick up Safe Paw today or order it online. You’ll love it, and the pets you love so dearly will be kept safe and healthy from early fall snows through slippery spring ice storms.


Magnesium Chloride Ice Melts are Dangerous to People and Pets

Sodium chloride is the main ingredient in many of the most popular salt-based ice melting products on the market like Safe Step 8300 and Road Runner ice melt. While these rock salt products melt ice at moderately cold temperatures, they present two significant concerns.

Dangers of Magnesium Chloride Ice Melt

First, magnesium chloride (MgCl2) does work in extreme cold. When the temperature drops below about 15 degrees Fahrenheit, the melting process slows significantly and may stop entirely. In other words, you must wait a long time before the salted area is safe to walk on or drive on. Your waiting will be in vain in very cold weather and, in fact, might pose a danger if you believe the ground is safe yet it remains covered in ice and very slippery.

The second reason to avoid MgCl2 products is that they are dangerous to pets, children, wildlife and adults too. The Material Safety Data Sheet for magnesium chloride lists many harmful effects including:

  • Eye irritation and burn from contact
  • Skin irritation and burn (including in the mouth and throat) when touched or ingested
  • Gastrointestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea when ingested
  • Respiratory irritation when MgCl2 dust is inhaled
  • Metal fume fever when inhaled or ingested that causes flu-like symptoms, fever, chills, cough, weakness, chest and muscle pain and increased white blood cell count

Think about dangers to your pets. Simply walking on an area that has been salted exposes them to all the above! The salt will contact the skin on their paws. If they scratch or rub their face, it will get in their eyes. Animals like the taste of salt, and if they ingest it, serious illness will result. Extreme exposure is fatal.

Think about dangers to young children. Kids often put things in their mouth from the ground, and if they taste something salty, they’re likely to continue. The Illinois Poison Control (IPC) blog says about salt-based ice melt including magnesium chloride, “Always call the IPC if your kiddo samples some of this stuff.” Less dangerous consequences of contact for kids are the same as those for pets: irritation of the skin, eyes, mouth and throat and stomach upset.

These dangers are present too for wildlife such as squirrels, birds and many other animals known to ingest salt when they find it. Finally, the person doing the salting is at risk for skin contact and inhalation of magnesium chloride dust found in every bag or bucket of the product.

Note: Veterinarians and pediatricians warn that the dangers are much the same for other common ice melt products including sodium chloride, calcium chloride and calcium magnesium acetate.

Safe Ice Melt Alternatives that are More Effective Too

Once you decide to avoid salt-based ice melting products, the question is obvious: Is there a safe alternative to rock salt?

Yes! The good news is that there is a product with a patented blend of ingredients that is both safe to use and more effective for melting ice than magnesium chloride and other salt-based options.

Safe Paw is the only ice melt product of its kind on the market, and it meets the stringent requirements of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice Standard Award for ecological friendliness. This means that Safe Paw ice melt won’t harm you, your pets, children, wildlife or the larger environment including your lawn and plants.  Another great product to consider is Traction Magic, while not an ice melter it works instantly and will get your car out of ice in an emergency situation.

How does Safe Paw work? This blend contains two ice-fighting ingredients, each with a unique purpose. The patented outer core liquefies immediately when contacting the ice and begins to melt and break up its surface. This allows the crystalline amide core to penetrate deep into the ice to complete the melting process.

Safe Paw’s proprietary formula also contains glycol, widely used to thaw ice and prevent further freezing. Therefore, it not only melts existing ice, Safe Paw coats the surface to inhibit ice from forming the next time bad weather strikes.

Safe Paw is effective to a lower temperature, -2F, than magnesium chloride (+15F) and some other salt-based products (+20F to +24F). Plus, unlike rock salt, it is completely safe and won’t harm the environment.

If you are looking for an ice melt you can use with complete peace of mind, Safe Paw is the right choice for pets, people and the planet.